Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has thanked Taiwan-based Vincentian, Peggy Carr, for her service to her countrymen in the Asian nation over the years.
Carr, a journalist who has been living in Taiwan for more than a decade, provides valuable service to the Vincentian community there in the absence of any formal representation of their country.
“I thank, especially, Peggy Carr, for her extraordinary endeavours. She has been like a mother, a sister, an aunt, a trusted confidante to so many of our students here in Taiwan,” Gonsalves said on Thursday at the inauguration of SVG’s embassy in Taiwan.
“She asks for nothing. She is remarkably selfless,” Gonsalves said, adding, “She doesn’t want t me to say any of this you know. She is very uncomfortable where she is. But I have to say it.
“Our nation owes her a tremendous debt of gratitude. She has been an abundant blessing to us, a human being stuffed with love, kindness and patriotism. God will continue to lift her up.
“I have no doubt that Peggy will assist our newly installed ambassador [Andrea Bowman] and our Minister Counsellor, Elroy Wilson.”
The prime minster said that both the ambassador and the minister counsellor are of the highest quality.
“We have chosen well and I am confident of their success in Taiwan,” Gonsalves said.
Delivering welcoming remarks at Thursday’s opening ceremony, Carr said she was delighted to welcome Bowman to Taiwan.
“… on behalf of all Vincentians in Taiwan, I also warmly welcome you into our community, which we see as family, and I wish to assure you of our full support, collectively and individually,” Carr said.
“This is a moment that we have hoped and longed for over the course of many years, and I am elated to be standing here today, to witness and participate in this ceremony to mark this milestone, which is momentous not only in the relations between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Taiwan but also in the lives of Vincentians studying and working here,” she further stated.